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Case No. 21-1809

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In the Interest of K.P., Minor Child

T.P., Father-Appellant

L.P., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Father Appellant

Michael S. Fisher

Attorney for Mother Appellant

Lynnette M. Lindgren

Attorney for Appellee State

Diane Murphy Smith, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Denise McKelvie Gonyea

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  FATHER’S APPEAL DISMISSED; AFFIRMED ON MOTHER’S APPEAL.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Ahlers, J. and Vogel, S.J.  Opinion by Vogel, S.J.  (10 pages)

            The father and the mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: With no facts beyond the mere speculation of the father’s attorney to explain the father’s late-filed notice of appeal, the father’s appeal is dismissed as untimely.  Due to the mother’s ongoing substance abuse, termination is in the child’s best interests, the parent-child bond does not overcome termination, and additional time for reunification is not appropriate.  The mother did not preserve her other issues for appeal.

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